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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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Hi my question if u go for a lung xray can the doctor detec lung cancer easely?

Hi my question if u go for a lung xray can the doctor detec lung cancer easely?

YES & NO: A chest xray can detect a large lung cancer easily but smaller ones can be missed (especially in the top of lung). Chest ct is much more sensitive. ...Read more

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Had a clear chest xray in December and that's all 2 different doctors would do, scared that I have lung cancer but no cough. Is it likely?

Had a clear chest xray in December and that's all 2 different doctors would do, scared that I have lung cancer but no cough. Is it likely?

Anxiety: You are a 32 y.o. man with no history of smoking and no pulmonary history whose only medical history is generalized anxiety disorder. Based on what you have told us, it is more likely this is part of your anxiety. Repeated ionizing radiation such as unnecessary chest x-rays is not without its own risk. Hypochondria or Münchausen may be at play here. Discuss with your therapist. ...Read more

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My chest xray showed--right upper midzonal consolidation is seen with a fibrotic element. Is it TB scar? Could it cause lung cancer. Doctor please answer.

My chest xray showed--right upper midzonal
consolidation is seen with a fibrotic element. Is it TB scar? Could it cause lung cancer. Doctor please answer.

Abnormal Xray: I cannot say without seeing the xray. However, "fibrotic" implies scarring. If you have history of tb, it can be from that, or any prior infection. Would not hurt to keep an eye on it, as TB can recur. Tb does not cause lung cancer, nor does scarring. If the scarring is from smoking however, that does cause cancer without doubt! If you do smoke, at your age you have time to heal if you quit. ...Read more

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Scared I have lung cancer. I quit smoking after 4 years, having shortness of breath & back pain doctor not worried after a clear chest X-ray. Chances?

Scared I have lung cancer. I quit smoking after 4 years, having shortness of breath & back pain doctor not worried after a clear chest X-ray. Chances?

Rest assured: It is good you quit. It is good your results satisfied your doctor. There are other causes of shortness of breath and back pain including GAD, which you have. Take this opportunity to try some CBT therapy. It will teach skills in mgmt of anxiety and build confidence in your good choices. It is not atall likely that you have lung cancer or that you will. Think about it. ...Read more

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I have all the symptoms of lung cancer: shortness of breath, cough with yellow phlegm and occasional red streaks, fingernail clubbing...but my Chest X-Ray and Noncontrast High-Res Chest CT were negative. Doctors are saying I'm fine, but I'm scared?

I have all the symptoms of lung cancer: shortness of breath, cough with yellow phlegm and occasional red streaks, fingernail clubbing...but my Chest X-Ray and Noncontrast High-Res Chest CT were negative. 

Doctors are saying I'm fine, but I'm scared?

Trust your physician: Or obtain a pulmonary medical consultation as a second opinion. Without symptoms such as weight loss. Anorexia, expectorating pure blood. Chronic spasmodic coughing, etc. this is not consistent with lung cancer, especially with a negative CT scan. I suggest behavioral counseling with a certified psychotherpist for CBT. ...Read more

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My mum has just been diagnosed with lung cancer, at this stage that is all I know. She is 78 and smoked most of her life-heavily, but denys it to everyone, doctors included. My question is, if she stopped now, would that prolong her life? Or is the damage

My mum has just been diagnosed with lung cancer, at this stage that is all I know. She is 78 and smoked most of her life-heavily, but denys it to everyone, doctors included. My question is, if she stopped now, would that prolong her life? Or is the damage

Below: I was sorry to hear of your mothers DX. I'm sure you have encouraged her to stop smoking many times

Stopping smoking now will not change the lung cancer.

But it will benefit for cardiovascular events, also will help with respiratory complications
Also would lower the exposure to secondary smoke to others.

Condolences and best wishes ...Read more

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Lung cancer symptoms, should I go to the doctor?

Lung cancer symptoms, should I go to the doctor?

Probably: If you are unwell, a physician visit is advised. There are no symptoms that are specific for lung cancer, however, your doctor can ask questions, examine you, and recommend further tests. ...Read more

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Hi doctors, can you tell me what is more deadly lung cancer or rectal cancer?

Hi doctors, can you tell me what is more deadly lung cancer or rectal cancer?

Whichever is...: Whichever is the most advanced (higher stage). That said, I would venture that stages being equal, you have better odds with rectal cancer. Also, rectal cancer can be detected earlier in a routine colonoscopy and will likely cause symptoms earlier than lung. Don't get me wrong, some people do survive lung cancer and some die of rectal cancer. ...Read more

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Can a chest X-ray or echo detect lung cancer?

Can a chest X-ray or echo detect lung cancer?

Not easily: Cxr has been compared head-to-head with chest ct scan for screening in high risk patients for lung cancer. That study, national lung screening trial, found that in high risk patients, screening chest ct scan was more effective, and was found to save lives. Larger cancers might be seen on a cxr, but smaller cancers may be missed. ...Read more

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Can a doctor determine the stage of lung cancer from a lung biopsy?

Can a doctor determine the stage of lung cancer from a lung biopsy?

Lots to staging: Staging of lung cancer identifies t n and m status, or tumor size (t) lymph node involvement (n) and presence of metastasis or distant spread of tumor (m). Staging may include lung biopsy, but may require pet/ct to determine metastasis (m), mediastinoscopy or ebus to asses lymph nodes (n). ...Read more

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Can you have lung cancer if have clear chest x-ray (both PA & lateral view) two months ago?

Can you have lung cancer if have clear chest x-ray (both PA & lateral view) two months ago?

Of course, but...: The answer is NO, if a person is healthy and has no special reason to be suspected of having lung cancer. Many things are possible in life. So, as long as a person has lungs, he CAN have lung cancer, but it is not detectable until the tumor gets bigger. Likewise, he can have brain cancer, liver cancer, etc... But, in order to live a happy, normal life, we say NO CANCER when we don't detect cancer. ...Read more

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Deep ache in upper back 2 and half years, if this was lung cancer would it of presented itself by now on xray?

Most likely: Are you a smoker?
Would need more information. This certainly could be muscular or other causes. If persist see MD ...Read more

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Does no focal consolidation, no effusion, or obvious pneumothorax in X-ray mean I should not stress myself out about having lung cancer?

Does no focal consolidation, no effusion, or obvious pneumothorax in X-ray mean I should not stress myself out about having lung cancer?

Stop worrying: This is good news. Try to stop smoking. One cause of a longstanding cough that baffles doctors is cough-variant asthma -- perhaps you have this. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Lung cancer in smoking teens common? Also, has any doctor seen a teen with primary lung cancer? I'm 16 and a former smoker of 1 and 1\2 years.

Lung cancer in smoking teens common? Also, has any doctor seen a teen with primary lung cancer? I'm 16 and a former smoker of 1 and 1\2 years.

Uncommon but possibl: The cancers come after exposure.
Sometimes years later.
Kids get bronchitis, pneumonia, hoarseness and develop lung and vascular trauma that's a preamble to the worse diseases. ...Read more

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73/m surgery (last month) for stage 4 lung cancer successful This week coughing, took to the doc, cavitary lesion present, did cancer came back?

73/m surgery (last month) for stage 4 lung cancer successful
This week coughing, took to the doc, cavitary lesion present, did cancer came back?

Possible : It is certainly likely this is a recurrence. Especially if you had stage 4. If could also be an infection. You should make sure this is followed up on immediately. ...Read more

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Smoked since I was 9, now I'm 16 and it feels like I can't breathe out of my right lung. I went to doc they said bronchitis. Idk, possiable lung cancer?

Smoked since I was 9, now I'm 16 and it feels like I can't breathe out of my right lung. I went to doc they said bronchitis. Idk, possiable lung cancer?

Not likely: Even with the early smoking the chance of lung cancer is unlikely. As you have some respiratory damage I would suggest you stop smoking and your physician can help you to do this. ...Read more

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I am a lung cancer survivor and for the last couple of days I had nausea... Can it be related to cancer? Should I go to the doctor? Thanks!

I am a lung cancer survivor and for the last couple of days I had nausea... Can it be related to cancer? Should I go to the doctor? Thanks!

Hard to know here...: Nausea may be gi-related (food poisoning, peptic disease, gastroparesis, due to biliary ; pancreatic disease, gas/bloat syndrome, small bowel problems). Consider "central" causes: motion sickness, vertigo, migraine headache, brain problems (some very serious). Also, rule out infection (? Urinary tract), medication side effects, pregnancy, ; even reaction to stress. Find ; treat the cause--see doc. ...Read more

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Hi Doctor, I have pain in my lower right lung since last 6 months. I am non-smoker. Breathing is fine. No blood in cough. Is this lung cancer?

Hi Doctor, I have pain in my lower right lung since last 6 months. I am non-smoker. Breathing is fine. No blood in cough. Is this lung cancer?

At 29, not likely: Firstly, you know that you are having pain in the lower right side of your chest. What you don't know is whether that pain is in your lungs. Pain from internal organs may be referred to other places — like gall bladder inflammation may be felt as pain the right shoulder. Am more concerned about your fears of cancer than any real risk. See your doctor for assessment and perhaps counseling. ...Read more

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Doctors, what are the symptoms of lung cancer?

Doctors, what are the symptoms of lung cancer?

Lung Ca Symportoms: Lung cancer symptoms vary from patient to patient and stage to stage. Symptoms can vary from chronic cough, weight loss to symptoms like hemoptysis (coughing up blood) and shortness of breath and wheezing. Other less common symptoms are elevated calcium and/or low sodium and/or anemia on blood testing and bony pain and peripheral neuropathy. ...Read more

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Doctors, what are the symptoms to lung cancer?

Doctors, what are the symptoms to lung cancer?

Often none: Often none until the cancer is advanced and incurable. When symptoms happen, they can be lung related (cough, shortness of breath, spitting blood) or related to advanced disease like bone pain or headaches due to metastases. Also, patients can experience fatigue and weight loss. If you smoke, please stop. ...Read more

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What steps are necessary for doctors to diagnose lung cancer?

What steps are necessary for doctors to diagnose lung cancer?

Lung Cancer: Evaluation most commonly includes anatomic imaging (xray, chest CT); tissue sampling (bronch, percutaneous biopsy, surgical resection); and staging (PET/CT, Brain MRI). In addition to this medistinoscopy (surgical eval of medistinal lymph nodes) may be necessary. A team approach between surgeon, medical and radiation oncologists, pathologist, and radiologist should be optimally considered. ...Read more

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Are there homeopathic doctors for lung cancer?

Are there homeopathic doctors for lung cancer?

Adjunct only: Don't forego surgery, radiation, chemotherapy and/or evidence-based palliative care if they are indicated for lung cancer. An ethical homeopath will tell you the same. Much of the magic in homeopathy is in the relationship with the practitioner. If you are interested in this fascinating area, find a practitioner who's considered ethical by the mainstream medical community. ...Read more

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Hai doctor... I want to know abaut lung cancer?

Hai doctor... I want to know abaut lung cancer?

Multiple sites: Important if small cell or non-small cell. Key to good cancer care is a comprehensive multidisciplinary approach. If indicated, surgical resection should be performed by a thoracic surgeon. I hope these assist you: http://goo. Gl/2cdq9 and http://goo. Gl/jx197 and http://goo. Gl/mo7uz and http://goo. Gl/2yuxg. ...Read more

Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


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Roentgen Rays (Definition)

Roentgen rays are another term for x-rays, which are a form of electromagnetic radiation (other types include light and microwaves). X-rays are used to provide imaging with plain ...Read more